Barcelona Beaches - Best Beaches in Town and Near Barcelona


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Barcelona Beaches extend over almost 4,8 Kilometers of nice looking, long and wide sandy beaches, which are waiting for you! They are perfect for relaxing in the sun while you remain in Barcelona city and very near to every site that you want to visit. You may want to check their location on the beaches map below.

Beaches in Barcelona are usually crowded at high season, but there is always room for everybody. However, if you visit the beaches in June, the chances are that you will enjoy more quiet areas while the water temperature is good enough for swimming. There are nine very attractive beaches for you to choose from. Five of them are located to the north of the Olympic Port, and four of them are located to the south of the Olympic Port. Click on the links below for more information and pictures of the beaches.

Barcelona Beaches Map

Barcelona beaches map showing the location of the nine beaches in the city - Best Beaches Near Barcelona

Short History of the Beaches in Barcelona

It is interesting to know the development of this important part of Barcelona tourism. There are two Barcelona, one before and the other after the Olympic Games of 1992. Before the Olympics, Barcelona city almost ignored its privileged location at the Mediterranean Sea coast. It was turning its back on the sea!

The Olympics were the main reason to undertake a significant transformation of Barcelona city. Some of these changes were applied to turn the city around and make it face the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to this concept and to the vast amount of money necessary to turn this project into reality, a clean-up procedure of the beaches and sea water became necessary. As a result of it, today you benefit of clean, beautiful and enjoyable beaches.

Since most European cities are taking serious care of the environment, Barcelona is no exception. The beaches and sea water are under continuous cleaning procedures. It is a quality improving measure for an important part of Barcelona tourism. Is it clean enough for swimming? Yes, of course. You can relax in the sun, swim, take your best beach photos and enjoy!

Nova Icaria beach

Nova Icaria beach

Nova Icaria Beach

It is located near to the Barcelona Olympic Port, and it is usually very well populated by tourists. With a length of 415 meters and width of 63 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, a lovely promenade with bars and restaurants, it is a right choice for you near downtown. This beach is one of the Barcelona beaches preferred by windsurfing fans.

It is separated from adjacent beaches by mean of breakwaters. Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, and the Red Cross are only active during summertime. This beach offers facilities for the handicapped, beach umbrella and hammock rent, a bus stop, parking, adapted parking, bike parking, showers, adapted showers, public fountain (drinking water), WiFi, children's play area, volleyball pitches, lockers, and public phones.

Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are jet beach volley, skiing, windsurfing, and sailing. This beach is probably the best choice for windsurfing enthusiasts. You can get there with the Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Ciutadella Villa Olimpica Station and have a short walk. Bus: 6, 10, 36, 41, 92, 141. Tram: T4, stop Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica.

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Bogatell beach

Bogatell beach

Bogatell Beach

This fantastic beach is a good example among the best beaches of Barcelona. It is located near the Barcelona Olympic Port. With a length of 702 meters and width of 50 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, a long promenade which extends to Sant Sebastia Beach, with lots of bars and restaurants, it is also an excellent choice.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, Red Cross, showers, toilets, are only active during the summer period. This beach offers facilities for the handicapped, beach umbrella and hammock rent, lockers, a bus stop, restaurants, and bars. Also, parking, adapted parking, bike parking, public toilets, adapted public toilets, public fountain (drinking water), showers, adapted showers, public phones, WiFi, sports areas, and children's play area, gymnastics, volleyball courts, basketball baskets, beach soccer.

Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are beach sports, jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing. You can get there with the Metro, yellow line L4, stop Llacuna or Poblenou and have a short walk. Bus: 6, 36, 41, 92, 141.

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Mar Bella beach

Mar Bella beach offers nudism practice on the south part

Mar Bella Beach

It is the right Barcelona beach for nudism practice on the part of it, which is indicated by signs on a length of approximately 200 meters. It is located between the beaches of Nova Mar Bella and Bogatell. It is not much more different from those adjacent beaches regarding services. This beach is the naturist choice of the Barcelona beaches.

With a length of 512 meters and width of 42 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, a seafront promenade, with bars and restaurants. This beach has the little disadvantage of having some stones in the water that you note when you go swimming.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, the Red Cross, showers, and toilets are only active during summertime. This beach offers good facilities for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rent, a bus stop, restaurants, bars, public fountain (drinking water), parking, adapted parking, and bike parking. Also, public toilets, adapted public toilets, showers, public phones, WiFi, sports areas, children´s play area, volleyball courts, table tennis tables, skateboarding area, basketball baskets, lockers, beach library. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are beach sports, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing and beach sports.

You can get there with the Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Poblenou station and have a 10-minute walk. Bus: 36, 71, 141.

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Nova Mar Bella beach

Nova Mar Bella beach is less populated by tourists

Nova Mar Bella Beach

It is located next to Mar Bella Beach and before the Llevant Beach. With a length of 420 meters and width of 45 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, semi-urbanized, you will find bars and restaurants. It is one of the more peaceful beaches in the city, being less sought-after by tourists.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, and the Red Cross are only active during the summer period. This beach also offers facilities for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rent, showers, a bus stop, and parking. Also, public toilets, adapted public toilets, public fountain (drinking water), showers, adapted showers, volleyball courts, and public phones. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing.

You can get there with the Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Selva de Mar or El Maresme Forum station and have a short walk. Bus: 36, 43, 141. Tram: T4, stop Selva de Mar or El Maresme.

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Llevant beach

Llevant beach

Llevant Beach

It is the last of the Barcelona beaches created on the coastline. It was opened to the city in the summer of 2006. It is located next to Nova Mar Bella Beach, and it is the last Barcelona beach to the north of the Olympic Port. With a length of 375 meters and width of 59 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, you will find bars and restaurants. It is also a good choice if you are looking for a quiet Barcelona beach, less populated by tourists.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, and the Red Cross are only active during the summer period. This beach also offers facilities for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rent, showers, and adapted showers. Also, public toilets, adapted public toilets, volleyball courts, WiFi, a bus stop, parking, and public phones. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing.

You can get there on the Bus, Tram or Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Selva de Mar or El Maresme Forum station and have a short walk. Bus: 7, 36, 41, 141. Tram: T4, stop Selva de Mar or El Maresme.

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Somorrostro beach

Somorrostro beach is packed with nightclubs and bars

Somorrostro Beach

This beach is very famous among all beaches in Barcelona, and it is crowded with tourists and groups seeking leisure activities. The name Somorrostro isn´t used a lot, and most of the people call it with the same name of its nearby beach, i.e. "Barceloneta", which matches the name of the district in front of that area.

With a length of 522 meters and a width of 89 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, a long promenade which extends to the end of Sant Sebastia beach, with many bars and restaurants, it is a perfect choice for leisure. Somorrostro beach is among the most well-known beaches in the city, though it is most known for being part of Barceloneta beach.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, Red Cross, showers, toilets, are only active during the summer period. The beach offers lots of facilities for everyone, for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rent, showers, a bus stop, several restaurants and bars, parking, and parking for the disabled. Also a bicycle place, public phones, lockers, public toilets, WiFi, several sports areas, children´s games. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are beach sports like beach volleyball, sailing, and others.

You can get there with the Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Ciutadella Villa Olimpica Station and have a short walk. Bus: 10, 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, D20, 59, 64.

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Barceloneta beach

Barceloneta beach is a popular place for many people

Barceloneta Beach

This beautiful big beach is the most famous and crowded of all the beaches in the city, and it is undoubtedly the best example of Barcelona beach tourism. It is located to the south of the Barcelona Olympic Port, right after the Somorrostro beach.

With a length of 422 meters and a width of 60 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, a long promenade which extends to Sant Miquel beach, with plenty of bars and restaurants, it is the best choice for you near downtown. Barceloneta Beach is the most well-known of all the beaches in the city, and it will be probably your Barcelona beach choice.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, Red Cross, showers, toilets, are only active during the Summer period. This beach offers lots of facilities for everyone, for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rental, showers, adapted showers, a bus stop, several restaurants and bars, public toilets, and adapted public toilets. Also parking, parking for the disabled, bicycle parking, lockers, sports installations, public phones, WiFi, a public fountain (with drinking water), several sports areas, volleyball pitches, children´s games. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are beach sports, jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing.

You can get there with the Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Barceloneta station and have a short walk. Bus: 10, 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, D20, 59, 64.

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Sant Miquel beach

Sant Miquel beach is very close to downtown

Sant Miquel Beach

It is one of the oldest beaches and is located in front of Plaça del Mar and adjacent to Barceloneta and Sant Sebastia beaches. Due to its location near downtown, this beach is very populated by local people and tourists. Though being an old beach, its northern and southern borders are somewhat hazy, and its name is usually masked by the name of the adjacent beaches.

With a length of 420 meters and a width of 69 meters, fine golden sand, calm water, urbanized, a pleasant promenade, with bars and restaurants, it is an excellent choice near downtown and after Barceloneta beach.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, Red Cross, showers, toilets, are only active during the summer period. This beach offers facilities for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rental, showers, public toilets, a bus stop, restaurants and bars, parking, parking for the disabled, bike parking and public phones. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are beach sports, jet skiing, windsurfing, and sailing.

You can get there by Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Barceloneta station and have a short walk. Bus: 10, 14, 16, 17, 36, 39, 40, 45, 51, D20, 59, 64.

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San Sebastian beach

San Sebastian beach is a long beach and a good choice for surfing

San Sebastian Beach

It is a fabulous, stunning, long and wide beach. It is the longest of all beaches in Barcelona. Also very populated by local people and tourists, it is one of the more beautiful Barcelona beaches. It is located to the south of the Barcelona Olympic Port, adjacent to Sant Miquel beach. It is the last beach to the south.

With a length of 1085 meters and width of 75 meters, fine golden sand, urbanized, a lovely promenade, with some beach bars, it is probably your second best choice after Barceloneta beach. Due to its characteristics, this beach is perhaps the best option for surfing.

Some services like lifeguards, evacuation, rescue, Red Cross, showers, toilets, are only active during the summer period. This beach offers facilities for the disabled, beach umbrella and hammock rent. Also showers, a bus stop, restaurants and bars, parking, parking for the disabled, and public phones. Some activities that you can enjoy and practice are beach sports, jet skiing, surfing, and sailing.

You can get there by Metro, yellow line L4. Get out at Barceloneta station and have a short walk.

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There are beautiful beaches near Barcelona

There are beautiful beaches near Barcelona

Best Beaches in Spain Near Barcelona

Yes, there are more lovely beaches waiting for you in case you have time and do not want to stay near the Barcelona city center because you want to have more room for you, or for any other reason. Between 30-45 minutes by train from Barcelona, either to the south or to the north, you will find the best beaches close to Barcelona. Longer and wider beaches, like Castelldefels beach and Calafell beach, are located mainly to the south of Barcelona city. Between Casteldefells and Sitges, the Garraf beach is a relative quiet and good option.

Looking for a Sitges Beach? The city of Sitges is located at a few kilometers from Barcelona and count with very nice beaches too. There are also a couple of nudist beaches. For the northern options, you may start in Badalona beach, Montgat beach, but better go from Masnou and further beaches like Ocata beach and Caldetes beach. They are beautiful sandy beaches with many options for eating and drinking.

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